Average human “looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling,
eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness,
inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking”
(Leonardo da Vinci)
The world, everything around us, for creative people is a magical experience. When we observe something closely, and follow it moment by moment, we disengage from the chaotic of our own consciousness. This is a good condition to nurture our creativity. A great stillness and peace will comes over us. Our minds become quieter and relax. By focusing on something, it is as though we are being brought into focus. If before this we “looks without seeing” now we learn look and really seeing.
One day I walk at the recreation park and stopped by the lake and look at the water. First I noticed on the surface my own reflection, ripples, water beetles, and water plants and flowers. Then I look down into the water, adjusting my eyes, changed my positions and angles many time – I saw fishes, coins, larva and surprisingly a crab! I will forever thought that the lake is boring if I haven’t really take time to look and seeing it. Many time ideas come when we just observe with focus, see with curiosity and look with interest at things around us. Look at nature, animals, human beings and even a crab will spark an idea for you, yes, that crab inspired me to write this.
Albert Einstein writes (maybe out of context) that, “Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else has ever thought." Learn and practise the art of seeing creatively. When you believe that the world around us have something to say about creativity, you’ll see it. Maybe you can try these “sight” exercises to increase your creativity. Remember, ideas is all around you.
§ Look up into the sky or sea or ocean or mountain or all at least once a day and towards the far horizon.
§ Describe a room or a scene as accurately as possible.
§ Practice doodling and drawing. Sketch people's faces (I drew my girlfriend’s face on our date).
§ Look for the subtle clues to people's moods and feelings reflected in their eyes and body movements.
§ Visit museum or art gallery sometime. Become more aware of great photography, artwork and paintings. What's great and wonderful about them?
§ Try watch movies as though you were the cameraman. What do you appreciate about the different angles, lighting, and presentation in each scene?
§ Wear a blindfold for 10 minutes and then slowly remove it and notice the effects. First, close your eyes again and thanks God with appreciation and gratitude because you’re not born blind. Then, look around one more time. Do you notice what is not there before?
Take a walk, run or sit and observe.
Look and really seeing. Idea is all around you.
Lord, Give Us Today Our Daily Idea(s)